A press release from Judge Tiffany Davis announcing her candidacy for the seat into which she will take by Illinois Supreme Court appointment on September 5th:
Illinois Supreme Court Judicial appointee announces run for Circuit Judge
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Tiffany Davis the next Circuit Judge of McHenry County on May 31, 2017.
She replaces Judge Charles Weech whom is retiring September 1, 2017.
Davis has announced she will run to retain her appointed position as Circuit Judge in the First Sub Circuit of the 22nd judicial circuit.
Regarding her recent appointment to Circuit Judge by the Illinois Supreme Court, Davis said, “I feel blessed and honored to have been chosen by the highest court in Illinois to serve the citizens of McHenry County as a Circuit Judge.”
“I believe the Illinois Supreme Court appointed me to the office of Circuit Judge after taking into consideration both my legal experience and my personal background,” Tiffany Davis stated.
Davis has spent the past 20 years as a prosecutor in both McHenry and Winnebago Counties. She has worked on many tough and serious cases.
She has handled many jury trials including 15 murder cases. “I believe they recognized that my work has also given me the experience to know that often courts are the last resort for justice when bad things happen to good people.”
Davis said she has tried to give a voice to victims whom were silenced by the violent actions of another. “Many people have entrusted me to handle complex and often emotional matters.”
“As a prosecutor, my job was to ‘…seek justice and not merely to convict.’ I looked at both sides in evaluating the strength of a case,” noted Tiffany Davis.
Davis further reflected, “In addition to my legal background and experiences, I personally know what it it feels like to get knocked down, and then have to get back up and pick up the pieces.”
Judicial appointee Davis credits the McHenry County legal community for helping her through a difficult period after her 36-year-old sister was killed through an act of domestic violence in 1999.
Tiffany Davis was working as an assistant state’s attorney in McHenry County at the time.
Almost overnight, Tiffany Davis became a single mom when she adopted her 18-month-old nephew. It was through the assistance of McHenry county lawyers and decisions of the county judges that she first became the toddler’s legal guardian and then adopted him.
Tiffany Davis’ legal career has focused on public service. She has served the People of the State of Illinois as a prosecutor for 22 years.
Her first job out of law school was working as an Assistant State’s Attorney for three years in Winnebago County, Illinois, where she started out as in traffic, then misdemeanor, before being promoted to felony.
She has worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in both McHenry County for nine years and in Winnebago County, Rockford, Illinois for the past ten years.
Rockford was recently named the 5th most violent city in the nation by the FBI.
She has tried over 45 jury trials and recently tried her fifteenth murder jury trial.
She has served as a supervisor of a felony courtroom and is a former head of narcotics prosecutions in Winnebago County.
Davis also practiced law as a civil litigation associate in a DuPage County law firm.
For more than a decade, Tiffany Davis has been giving back to her community by teaching night classes at McHenry County College.
In 2004, she first began teaching at MCC as an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice. She teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure to area college students.
Tiffany Davis attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1991.
Tiffany Davis went on to receive her Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale School of Law in 1994. While in law school, she assisted in the SIU legal clinic helping elderly clients with wills and powers of attorney and she also interned in the St. Clair County Public Defender’s office.
She has been a member of the Illinois bar since 1994.
Tiffany Davis, 47, has lived in Woodstock for approximately 20 years. She and her husband, Dan Regna, have three children, their adopted son, 19, and their boy and girl twins, age 11. She and her family attend St. Mary Catholic church in Woodstock.
Tiffany Davis’ swearing in ceremony as a Circuit court judge will be at the McHenry County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 11:00 am in courtroom 204.